September 20, 2006

A Loved ones passing~


Last night we received the phone call that my husbands dear brother had passed away peacefully. Jeff had been very ill for over 20 years and truly fought the good fight of faith. He lived on for his family, bringing them up in the Lord and teaching them the ways they should go. My dear husband and daughter left this morning on the train back to Oklahoma. We aren't sure when the funeral will be, but they are going nonetheless.
Jeff lived with us out here in California for 3 years or so, and those times in spite of all the pain he was in, continued to do as much as he could to help others out. I remember many times when he was in bed after dialysis, he was so sick, I would gently knock on his door and ask if he felt like having some company, he always "Sure, come on in". He was a gentle soul and so kind to everyone he met. I would read the bible to him often, and we prayed together too...I have those precious memories of my dear brother-in-law to hold on to, and hold on I will.
His children we gathered around him, and they say that he was at peace, He knew where he was going and who He would be with, for He loved Jesus with in whole heart, and never feared talking about the Lord and sharing his faith. My heart was heavy last night, but joy came this morning, Thank you Lord for this! He is at peace and received restoration when he left to be in the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Goodbye dear Jeff, you will be missed, and what you wanted to accomplish in your life, you did ALL to the Glory of God.

13 comments:

melissa said...

Then your family is having one of those sweet, but painful times. You have the right outlook and how wonderful that your brother-in-law *is* without discomfort now. So amazing to think about, isn't it.

Hope you can sleep well enough apart from your husband. That's always a stretch for me.

Love to you.

Anonymous said...

I am happy Jeff went with peace and knowing who was waiting to receive him. I am sad for you and family as its so hard to let go even when you know they are ready to go. prayers and hugs my friend
Peggy

Amy said...

So sorry about your loss *hugs*

FarmgirlCyn said...

So sorry. You are so right tho. Joy comes in the morning. And we console ourselves with the thought that we will see them again. Blessings to you and your husband.

clarice said...

Dear Mindy the Lord is so happy to have his dear son home but I know it is still painful. Clarice

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Mindy..so sorry to hear the news of the homegoing of your brother in law. So happy though to know that he was a Christian. That makes things so much easier to understand...

Terri said...

Dearest Sister, I'm sorry to read of his passing - for you all his family - but am happy that he was assured of his eternal home. I know that he has left a rich legacy for all of you. God bless you.

Kelli said...

Mindy, I'm so sorry for your loss. Jeff sounds like he was a wonderful brother and friend.
((HUGS))
Kelli

Copper's Wife said...

Mindy - I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure that you and your husband and family will miss him terribly. How wonderful knowing, though, that you will see him again.

Sandra said...

Mindy, I'm so sorry for your loss, sounds like he was a wonderful man :)

God Bless,
Sandra

Donna said...

Mindy, I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. It helps so much to know he was a Christian. Hold on to the hope of seeing him again. Praying for you and your family during this sad time.

Your Friend, Donna

Lindsey said...

Sorry to hear of your loss and praying for all your family during this sad time.

Susan P. said...

Mindy, what a lovely tribute to your brother-in-law. How wonderful that you were able to read the bible and pray with him. I know you will cherish those memories. My prayers are with you and your family. Take care.